Stage Results

1 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team 4:49:38
2 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team
3 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
4 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin – Transitions
5 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank
6 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank
7 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin – Transitions 0:00:53
8 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team
9 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
10 Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana

Other Aussies…

26 Stuart O’Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  0:02:08
46 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC – Columbia  0:02:25
108 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram 0:06:28
124 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux
125 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team HTC – Columbia
155 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:09:49
156 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team
168 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto 12:24

Adam Hansen out with a fractured collarbone after Stage 1

General Classification

1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 14:54:00
2 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:00:23
3 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:39
4 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin – Transitions 0:00:46
5 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 0:01:01
6 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:01:09
7 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team 0:01:19
8 Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 0:01:31
9 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 0:01:40
10 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:01:42
11 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale
12 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin – Transitions 0:01:47
13 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 0:01:49
14 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team
15 David Millar (GBr) Garmin – Transitions 0:02:06
16 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo 0:02:24
17 Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne 0:02:25
18 Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack 0:02:30
19 Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:02:34
20 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne 0:02:35

Photo by Reuters

Frank Schleck abandons with broken collarbone (Photo by AFP)

Ryder Hesjedal had the most ballsy ride of the day.  Will we ever see another Canadian TdF stage winner?  I certainly think so…

Cancellara drives the chase in pursuit of Hesjedal.

Lance catching back onto one of the front groups after a mechanical

Chavanel had a day he’d rather forget after a mechanical and two punctures

Thor delivered the goods after not having a chance to sprint yesterday

Like a selfless domestique, Vino was driving the pace for Contador trying to minimize his losses.  But he forgot to wait up for Contador!

Photo by AFP

Cancellara back in Yellow.  Photo by Reuters


TdF Quiz

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Yesterday’s Trivia Answers

1. The decent of the Stockeu is also featured in the Ardennes Spring Classic Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

2. On average, the riders encounter 3 crashes throughout an entire Tour de France.

3. The ruling for the riders who crash within 3 kms of a flat stage finish is they are given the same time as those they were riding with (usually the peloton).

Today’s Quiz

Thanks to our trivia master, Sam


Today’s quiz prize is brought to you by Bike Force Docklands.  They will be giving away one accessory pack worth $250 (gloves, armwarmers, etc) to one lucky commenter who either answers the quiz questions correctly or gives us some insight / opinion on today’s stage.

1. In the first Tour De France in 1903, what happened to the first four riders across the line?

A.They were all disqualified for catching the train.
B. They were all attacked at various times during the race by rival fans.
C. All of the above

2. In which year did an Australian first ride the Tour de France?

A. 1914 – Don Kirkham and Iddo ‘Snowy’Munro.
B. 1928 – Sir Hubert Opperman.
C. 1978 – Phil Anderson.

3. True or false? – in the early years of the TDF the ‘Lanterne rouge’ (named after the slowest overall rider at the time in Le Tour) was actually required to carry a red lantern on the back of his saddle.